2016 Dog Bite Fatality: 6-Year Old Boy Killed by Family Pit Bull in Huntington, West Virginia

Isaiah Jacob Franklin, 6-years old, was killed by a family pit bull in Huntington. Family Mourns UPDATE 12/06/16: The name of a 6-year old boy killed by a family pit bull was finally released last night. Isaiah Jacob Franklin was brutally attacked by a pit bull Friday evening at his home in the 2600 block of 9th Avenue. He later died of his injuries. The family said the dog attacked without provocation or warning. The boy's aunt, Jenni Messer, spoke to WSAZ news, but only through t… [Read full blog post]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: 2-Year Old Boy Fatally Attacked by Pit Bull-Mix in West Virginia

Lamarkus Hicks, 2, was killed by a neighbor's chained pit bull-mix. Photographs of Dog UPDATE 11/30/15: The family of Lamarkus Hicks provided us photographs of the chained dog that killed Lamarkus taken by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office after the attack. The dog, named Bubba, was previously described in news reports as a "boxer-mix" and a medium sized brown "mixed-breed." Our research indicates that Bubba was a buckskin pit bull-mix born on July 1, 2014 with three li… [Read full blog post]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills Man Trying to Save Heart Attack Victim in Wheeling

Dog Shipped Out-of-State UPDATE 03/19/15: Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron has agreed to allow the pit bull that killed a man to be shipped to an out-of-state pet sitting and rescue organization that was recently given verbal and written warnings for kennel maintenance violations. South Hills Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation Resort, located in Union Township, Pennsylvania,1 serves "all breeds, with all needs," according to its website and adopts out animal-aggressi… [Read full blog post]

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Upholds Town of Ceredo's Pit Bull Ban

High Court Upholds Pit Bull Ban Charleston, WV - In a memorandum decision filed January 14, the highest court in West Virginia affirmed the constitutionality of a breed-specific ordinance that prohibited the ownership of pit bull terriers in the Town of Ceredo. In the decision, the high court affirmed the order of Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Darrell Pratt, who had affirmed the Municipal Court of Ceredo's conviction of three defendants for the possession of pit bulls w… [Read full blog post]

2012 Dog Bite Fatality: 2-Year Old Boy Killed by Dogs in West Virginia

Dogs Euthanized UPDATE 06/27/12: In a disturbing update about the death of 2-year Jack Redin, killed by two dogs on a property adjacent to his home, NewsandSentinal.com reports that the Sweeney brothers, David and Daniel, are the sons of Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Timothy Sweeney. Daniel Sweeney is allegedly the owner of the two dogs, but his brother David Sweeney installed an underground invisible fence around his property so that he could care for his brother's d… [Read full blog post]

2009 Dog Bite Fatality: 70-Year Old Dies After Violent Maiming by Pit Bulls

Lowell Bowden died after being horrifically mauled by a pack of pit bulls. Victim Dies of Injuries Lindside, WV - On November 27, Lowell Bowden was attacked by a pack pit bulls. Lowell's family submitted a statement to DogsBite.org that recounts the attack that led to his death on December 4. This marks the second fatal dog attack in West Virginia this year, both attributed to pit bulls. We urge West Virginia citizens to contact their state legislators and ask that they sponsor… [Read full blog post]